Astronomical metro areas

Sunset at Kitt Peak – February 22, 2018

The following cities have the highest metropolitan area concentration of astronomical and radio observatories and related uses in the world. A minimum of three (3) such facilities was required for inclusion in the list.

Several of the observatories atop Kitt Peak

As can be seen from the data, the Tucson, Arizona region contains far and away the most astronomical research stations of any metropolitan area in the world with at least 14. The photos included in the past all come from our recent trip to the Kitt Peak Observatory Station(s) located southwest of Tucson, Arizona.

Beijing, China (3)
  • Beijing Astronomical Observatory
  • Beijing Ancient Observatory
  • Huairou Solar Observing Station
  • Beijing Ancient Observatory
  • Huairou Solar Observing Station
Boston-Cambridge, Massachusetts (6)
  • Harvard College Observatory (Cambridge)
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Cambridge)
  • Haystack Observatory (Westford)
  • Judson B. Coit Observatory (Boston)
  • Sagamore Hill Radio Observatory (Hamilton)
  • Whitin Observatory (Wellesley)
Charlottesville, Virginia (3)
  • Fan Mountain Observatory
  • Leander-McCormick Observatory
  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory HQ
Cleveland, Ohio (4)
  • Burrell Memorial Observatory (Berea)
  • Pollock Astronomical Observatory (Hunting Valley)
  • Stephens Memorial Observatory (Hiram)
  • Warner and Swasey Observatory (Cleveland)
Denver-Boulder, Colorado (3)
  • Chamberlin Observatory (Denver)
  • National Solar Observatory HQ (Boulder)
  • Sommers-Bausch Observatory (Boulder)
Detroit-Ann Arbor,-Windsor, Michigan/Ontario (6)
  • Angell Hall Observatory (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Detroit Observatory (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Hector J. Robinson Observatory (Lincoln Park, MI)
  • McMath-Hulbert Observatory (Lake Angelus, MI)
  • Peach Mountain Observatory (Dexter, MI)
  • Sherzer Observatory (Ypsilanti, MI)
Flagstaff, Arizona (4)
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Lowell-Anderson Mesa Dark-Sky Station
  • Northern Arizona University Observatory
  • U.S. Naval Observatory
Indianapolis, Indiana (3)
  • Goethe Link Observatory (Brooklyn)
  • Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium (Indianapolis)
  • McKim Observatory (Greencastle
Ithaca, New York (3)
  • Ford Observatory
  • Fuertes Observatory
  • Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory
London, England, United Kingdom (4)
  • Royal Observatory (Greenwich)
  • Northolt Branch Observatory (London)
  • Northolt Branch Observatory – Shephard’s Bush
  • Northolt Branch Observatory – Blandford Forum
Los Angeles, California (5)
  • Big Bear Lake Solar Observatory (Big Bear Lake)
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena)
  • Mount Wilson Observatory
  • Robert Brownlee Observatory (Lake Arrowhead)
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota/Wisconsin (4)
  • Goodsell Observatory (Northfield, MN)
  • Macalester College Observatory (St. Paul, MN)
  • O’Brien Observatory (Marine on St. Croix, MN)
  • Onan Observatory (Norwood-Young America, MN)
New York City, New York/New Jersey/Connecticut (8)
  • Bowman Observatory (Greenwich, CT)
  • Class of 1951 Observatory (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Custer Observatory (Southold, NY)
  • Paul Robinson Observatory (High Bridge, NJ)
  • Rolnick Observatory (Westport, CT)
  • Rutherford Observatory (New York City, NY)
  • Sperry Observatory (Cranford, NJ)
  • Yale Student Observatory (New Haven, CT) 
San Diego, California-Tijuana, Mexico (3)
  • Mount Laguna Observatory
  • Mexican National Astronomical Observatory
  • Palomar Observatory
San Francisco Bay Area, California (6)
  • Chabot Space & Science Center (Oakland)
  • Foothill Observatory (Los Altos Hills)
  • Fremont Peak Observatory (San Juan Bautista)
  • Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy (Monterey)
  • Sonoma State University Observatory (Rohnert Park)
  • Weaver Student Observatory (Marina)
Shanghai China (3)
  • Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
  • Sheshan Astronomical Observatory
  • Xujiahui Astronomical Observatory

Telescope atop Kitt Peak

Tucson, Arizona (14)
  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (Amado)
  • International Dark-Sky Association
  • Kitt Peak Observatory
  • MDM Observatory at Kitt Peak
  • Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory (Amado)
  • International Dark-Sky Association
  • Kitt Peak Observatory
  • MDM Observatory at Kitt Peak
  • Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory (Amado)
  • Mt. Graham International Observatory
  • Mount Lemmon Observatory
  • National Optical Astronomy Laboratory HQ
  • National Solar Observatory at Kitt Peak
  • Steward Observatory
  • Vega-Bray Observatory (Benson)
  • VLBA Radio Telescope at Kitt Peak
  • Winer Observatory (Sonoita)
  • WIYN Observatory


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